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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

West Texas Wind Festival A Memorable Event

Bobby Bare had a good time at the West Texas Wind Festival.
Folks who attended Saturday’s West Texas Wind Festival in downtown Roscoe got a real treat. The weather was as nice as could be asked for, plenty of vendors were selling food and merchandise, and there were several ways to get involved in the fun—from the 5K and one-mile fun runs to the chicken poop bingo and wild hog sacking, as well as the free concert and street dance followed by the fireworks show. Around the Community Center and Fire House, aromas of steaks and pork were in the air for most of the day as teams competed for cash prizes in the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department’s “BBQing in the Wind” Cookoff, and the Roscoe Historical Museum had a steady stream of visitors.

Country legend Bobby Bare put on a great performance at the free concert and seemed to be enjoying the event as much as, if not more so, than the large, enthusiastic audience of people who came to see him. He sang all the songs that made him famous—“Detroit City,” “500 Miles Away From Home,” “Four Strong Winds,” and several others, and he got a bunch of kids to come up next to the stage and do the witches’ screams to help him out when he sang “Marie Laveau.” After the show, he hung around to sign autographs and get his picture taken with anyone who wanted it.

As always, the fireworks show was a big success, and a crowd at the Lumberyard continued the celebration until midnight.

Here are the results of the contests:

And they're off! The start of the 1 Mile Fun Run.

5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run

5K - Male 12 and under
     1. Luke Wilson
     2. Gregory Paty

5K - Female over 12
     1. Mari Cornett
     2. Patty Hamilton
     3. Becky Kid

5K - Male over 12
     1. Guillermo Lara
     2. Andy Wilson
     3. Joe Montoya

1 Mile Fun Run Female
     1. Marley Weaver
     2. Nora Lopez
     3. Katie Wilson

1 Mile Fun Run Male
     1. Sam Wilson
     2. Nate Wilson

“Cock-a-Doodle Poo” Bingo
$500 Winner – Misty Muncy

Kaelyn Bankhead and Brayden Boil

Wild Hog Sacking
$500 Winners – Kaelyn Bankhead & Brayden Boil

Highland High’s Juniors, who will use the proceeds from their ticket sales, concession stand, and entry fees toward their prom, graduation, and senior trip, raised $5800 on Saturday.



Brayden Beal (3) makes 10 yards on a keeper in the first quarter.
The Roscoe Plowboys are now 2-0 in district play after using a relentless passing attack to defeat Winters at Plowboy Field Friday night. The game featured teams with different approaches to offense. While the Plowboys amassed most of their yardage through the air—271 of 347 total—the Blizzards got most of theirs on the ground, 210 of 227 total. The contest was decided on the Plowboys’ ability to hold off the Winters rushing attack while the Blizzards had few answers for the Plowboys’ passing game.

The Plowboys jumped out to a quick start in the first quarter when they recovered a Winters fumble on the Blizzards’ first drive. They capitalized on the turnover when Brayden Beal hit a wide open Javier Leaños on a 35-yard pass play for an easy touchdown. The try for the extra-point was no good, but the Plowboys were up 6-0.  The defense then stopped Winters, and the Plowboys moved down the field with Beal hitting Kevin Lavalais for a 34-yard gain and Vincent Pantoja running the ball for good yardage. They scored their second TD on a Beal pass to Lavalais that covered 20 yards. Erick Huidobro’s extra-point kick was good, and the Plowboys were ahead 13-0. The next time they got the ball, they scored a third touchdown on another Beal pass to a wide open Leaños, this time for 55 yards. Once again the extra-point kick was good, and the first quarter ended with Roscoe up 20-0.

At that point, it appeared that the Plowboys might blow the Blizzards out, but the rest of the game turned out to be pretty even both in points and yardage, although the Plowboys managed to maintain a comfortable lead throughout the contest. Both teams made touchdowns in the second quarter, the Blizzards making theirs first to narrow the score to 20-8. But a Beal to Jose Ortega 35-yard TD pass later in the quarter extended the Plowboys lead to 27-8, which was the score at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Plowboys received the kickoff and struck first with a drive that ended with a 20-yard Pantoja run, which put the Plowboys up 34-8. Winters responded with a scoring drive that narrowed the score to 34-14, but the Plowboys followed with another Beal to Leaños scoring strike, this one covering 34 yards. The quarter ended with the score 41-14.

The Blizzards made another TD and 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter to make the score 41-22, and, following a Plowboy turnover, put together a final drive that ended on downs inside the Roscoe 5-yard line. The Plowboys then ran out the clock to end the game.

For the game, Beal completed 14 of 25 passes for 271 yards and 5 TDs with 2 interceptions. Top receivers were Leaños with 4 catches for 142 yards and 3 TDs, Lavalais with 5 for 69 and 1 TD, Ortega with 2 for 40 and 1 TD, and Nemir with 2 for 16. Pantoja led the Plowboy rushing game with 12 carries for 67 yards and 1 TD, and Erick Huidobro kicked 5 extra points. The offensive line did a pretty good job of pass protection, and Beal usually had time to throw.

The defense also did a good job against a strong Winters rushing attack. Nemir had 8 tackles, 2 of them for losses, and 4 assists, followed closely by Rafael Aguayo with 6 tackles, 1 for a loss, and 5 assists. Pantoja had 5 with 1 for a loss, and 3 assists.  Others with tackles and assists were Ortega, Lavalais, Austin Willman, Anthony Ortegon, Francisco Garcia, Ray Bohall, Paul Pantoja, Bernardo Villa, and Juan Garcia.

This Friday the Plowboys play Roby in Roby. The Lions are struggling this year with an 0-7 record and are coming off a 39-8 loss to Menard last Friday. They have some good athletes, but with one of the smallest student bodies in the state to still be playing eleven-man football, they are lacking in depth.

Kickoff in Roby is at 7:30.

Here are some video highlights of the Winters game:

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Roscoe Police Department's K-9 Unit, Sgt. Steve Spencer and Stalin.



Johnny Martin’s new beige Ford F-150 pickup truck was stolen from the Stripes station early Friday morning. Early in the mornings, he often goes there to get a cup of coffee and a newspaper before going to school, and on Friday, when he went in, he left his pickup unlocked and running, as he usually does. But when he went back outside, he discovered that the pickup was gone—someone had gotten into it and driven it away. He went back in, informed the workers there, and the police were called.

The pickup and person who took it have still not been located. If you have any information regarding this crime or any other crime, call the Nolan County Sheriff’s Office at 325-235-5471 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 325-235-TIPS (8477).



Sponsored by The Medicine Place pharmacy in Sweetwater, flu shots will be available to the public tomorrow, October 22, at the Nurse’s Office in Roscoe Elementary School. The price is $25.



The football schedule tomorrow for the seventh and eighth grade and high school Junior Varsity football teams is potentially confusing. Here it is:

The 7th grade will play Haskell in Hamlin at 4:00pm.
The 8th grade will play Roby here in Roscoe at 5:00pm.
The Junior Varsity will play Mason here in Roscoe as soon as the 8th grade game is over.



A new look for the old truck stop and restaurant.

The old Truck and Travel Truck Stop and Restaurant just across I-20 from the new STEM Research Center in west Roscoe is being renovated for sale by its owners, who live in Weatherford. It has been vacant for about three years now, and it will be nice to see it up and running again.



The Josh Abbott Band
The Lumberyard is preparing for another big show this weekend with the return of the Josh Abbott Band, a popular Texas Country group originally from Lubbock.

The Band was formed in 2006 and began touring in 2008. They released their first album, Scapegoat, in 2009 and followed it with She’s Like Texas in 2010. Their first sellout crowd was at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth in 2010, when they sold 6000 tickets. Their third album, Small Town Family Dream, was released in 2012. The Band's singles include “Road Trippin’,” “Oh, Tonight,” (with Kacey Musgraves), “Touch,” and “She Will Be Free.”

Their latest album, Front Row Seat, featuring the single, “Amnesia,” is ready for release in two weeks, November 6. It also contains the single, “Wasn’t That Drunk,” with Carly Pearce, which premiered and was recorded live recently at Stubb’s in Austin. You can listen to it here.

For reservations and more information call the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



The Moon on Monday night. (Photo by Sharion McFaul Henley)
The past week has seen this area move from the summerlike temperatures of a week ago to milder ones starting last Friday and continuing up to the present, with skies completely or mostly clear throughout. Last Wednesday’s and Thursday’s highs of 92°F dropped on Friday to a high of 77°, followed by highs in the low eighties through the weekend.

One of the nicest days of all was on Saturday, when a large number of folks were out enjoying the West Texas Wind Festival. The high that afternoon was 83°, but it cooled down nicely toward sunset, and by the time Bobby Bare entertained the crowd, followed by the fireworks show, it was just about as nice as one could hope for.  Lows remained above average for this time of year, mostly right around 60°.

Since Sunday, it’s been breezy with sustained southeast winds of about 14mph with gusts up to 31, and this windiness will continue for the next few days.

The big news, though, is what’s in the forecast. Starting today and continuing through Saturday, there are predictions of overcast skies, showers, and thunderstorms. There is a 40% chance of rain today followed by 70% tonight, 70% to 80% tomorrow, 40% to 50% Friday, and 40% during the day on Saturday, decreasing to 20% Saturday night. Highs will be in the upper seventies and lows in the low sixties until Sunday morning when the low will drop to the mid-fifties.


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